GaME 2006 is a mini-conference aimed at exploring interesting career and research directions in the computer entertainment industries. Last year's event was immensely popular within DoC, with keynote talks from David Braben and Peter Molyneux. Unfortunately, capacity constraints meant the 2005 event could not be advertised outside of the Department. This year, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Computing's Computing Support Group, we are able to provide a video-feed to a second lecture theatre, allowing us to double audience numbers.
This year's line-up includes the return of games industry luminary Peter Molyneux OBE, speakers from Electronic Arts, Eidos, and Traveller's Tales' Jonathan Smith (development director for LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game). Introversion, an independent games development company founded by Imperial College students, will also be joining the schedule.
Introversion recently stole the show at the Independent Games Festival at GDC 2006, picking up three awards including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize itself.
GaME's schedule this year also introduces a research-focussed element, with academic speakers from Imperial College and University College London.
There will be plenty of opportunities for discussions between staff, students, speakers and other invited guests. In addition, the day will close with a panel session driven by questions and comments from the audience and speakers.
Places are limited, but Imperial students and staff are invited to register for the event on the website.